At Sutton Coldfield’s July Circle meeting there was a surprise presentation to Brother Daniel Hurd who received his 25 year membership certificate from Brother Provincial Director John Minister. Nothing unusual for our Provincial Director awarding membership certificates but for Brother Daniel it was a case of his former teacher awarding his former pupil. Brother John was Deputy Head of Bishop Walsh School Sutton Coldfield when Brother Daniel was a pupil at the school. Fortunately for Brother Daniel the presentation was not accompanied by a lengthy school report.
Last week Brother John Duddington, former President of Malvern Circle, distributed the prizes to award winning children of St Joseph’s school Malvern including prizes for regular attendance and most improvement during the term. In attendance on the day were the school Head, Mrs Therese Langford and staff, several parents and all of the school children. The awards included a silver trophy and £10 vouchers to be spent by award winners. This is now a regular contribution by the Circle to the life of the school as well as a programme of talks by Circle members on their various careers which will hopefully give the children some inspiration as to future career options.
At Kenilworth Circles recent joint meeting with Leicester 53 in June, President Bernard Baxter thought he would ‘spice’ up the evening a little:
“Following our Joint Circle Meeting and Dinner with Leicester on Wednesday evening, we played ‘Brothers, would I lie to you?’ The contest included some fascinating topics such as the number of England Goalkeepers born in Kenilworth, the origins of Leicester’s Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower and the early 18th Century (!) days of the Kenilworth Round Table Duck Race. The event resulted in a draw and is now set for a rematch at next year’s joint meeting”.
Our picture shows the Kenilworth and Leicester teams with adjudicator Brother Bernard Baxter attempting to keep order!
Brother Director John Minister presented Brother Paul Wagstaff with his 50 year Certificate at the dinner following our June Meeting in the presence of 42 Brothers and Wives.
Brother President Bernard O’Keefe and Provincial President Paul Clancy congratulating Paul following the presentation.
With the permission and endorsement of the school Head, Malvern Circle has embarked upon a kind of publicity exercise which involves members of the Circle and/or their wives giving short talks at the local (St Joseph’s) Primary School on the topic of their profession or job experiences or points of interest to the younger generation in working life. So far we have covered careers in medicine, the law, engineering, music, tourism and languages and so on. This programme of talks was introduced by Past President John Duddington. It is hoped that the talks will be of interest to parents also and thereby help to spread the word about who the Catenians are and what they do. In addition to this programme of career talks the Circle has endorsed prizes awarded to the scholars who have shown improvement in various fields throughout the school term. It is hoped these prizes will entice young people to read more about their favourite subjects. Don’t miss next month’s news which will we hope show our Provincial President talking to the youngsters about careers in horticulture. All interested Brothers are welcome to join us in this exciting venture and thereby help to spread the Catenian message. You may wish to involve a school in your area?
Don’t worry, we are still around and will be for many years!!
Over 50 ladies, brothers, friends, neighbours and not for getting our friends from Leamington Spa Circle enjoyed a great entertaining evening at WH Peacock (Locke & England) auction rooms In Leamington Spa on 28 May 2019.
The evening consisted of welcome drinks, an introduction to the world of auctions & valuations, a valuation competition, cheese and biscuits while we marked the competition and a Q&A session at the end. All of this was with the compliments of Locke & England – Auctioneers and Valuers. Everyone enjoyed the evening and it gave a fascinating insight into the world of auctions with amusing anecdotes and stories. The competition comprised of 13 lots of which estimates of the the items for sale in the forthcoming auction were given. The winner of the valuation competition was Sandy Rice (pictured with Tim Brophy – marketing manager WH Peacock).